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Jan 24

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “In their first 15 games this season, the Orlando Magic never folded, even in losses. There’s a first time for everything. The Magic unraveled Monday night, and the result was the worst single-game offensive performance in team history. They set franchise single-game lows for points scored and field-goal percentage as they absorbed a 87-56 beatdown by the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. [...] But why did it happen? Monday offered the Magic a golden opportunity to beat the Celtics. Ray Allen sat out with an ankle injury. Rajon Rondo did not play because of a wrist problem. Even Mickael Pietrus, Chris Wilcox and Keyon Dooling were hurt. And the rest of the Celtics had played the day before. The Magic not only failed to take advantage of the situation. They imploded. Avery Bradley, Boston’s second-year point guard, set the tone immediately by pressuring Nelson as Nelson brought the ball upcourt. Bradley fired up his teammates, and he also appeared to unnerve Nelson.”
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “I covered the Magic’s 84-57 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 4, 1996 in which Orlando tied an NBA all-time low for scoring. Yeah, you think, well, that’s rock-bottom. Never see anything as futile as that again from a Magic team. Sixteen years later, move over ‘96 Magic. You guys have the monkey — a monkey the size of King Kong — off your backs. [...] The ‘96 Magic were missing three starters — Penny Hardaway, Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson, all nursing injuries. The 2012 Magic were healthy, and every starter was on the floor against the Celtics.”
  • Glen Davis is wondering if the Orlando Magic offer the best fit for him.
  • A look at the numbers from the Magic’s 56-point outing against the Boston Celtics.
  • Davis and Brandon Bass talk about being traded for each other.
  • The regular season carries some importance for teams trying to win a championship.
  • In case you missed it, here’s the Celtics’ tribute video to Davis last night.
  • Andrew Lynch of Hardwood Paroxysm: “Holy Shammgod, do the Magic need a mulligan. Orlando got repeatedly punched in the face, figuratively, by an over-the-hill Celtics team that was without its starting backcourt yesterday, and the best thing they can do is move on and get the next game under their belt. This Indiana team, though, won’t be a pushover by any stretch of the imagination.”
  • Ben Golliver of CBSSports.com: “Yes, the Magic were historically awful on Monday night but if we’ve learned one lesson over the last month, it’s that there will be the occasional super-ugly shooting night where great teams look terrible. This team has posted exceptional offensive efficiency numbers through the first month of the season; their body of work on that end is beyond reproach. They clocked the Lakers, dumped the Knicks and handled the Bobcats last week too. There’s no way there are nine teams in the NBA better than the Magic.”
  • Seems like everyone has a trade idea involving Dwight Howard nowadays.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk recaps Orlando’s dreadful game against Boston: “It was that kind of game for the Magic. On one kick-out to a wide-open Jameer Nelson in the third quarter he tried to go up and the ball just slipped out of his hands, and when he caught it when he landed he was whistled for traveling. The whole night just seemed to go like that. The play started to effect their effort, which got worse as things wore on. It happens, especially this season. Wash it off in the post game shower and move on.”
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Van Gundy will be featured on HBO Sports today.
  • Franklyn Calle of SLAM ONLINE has more on the Van Gundy brothers being profiled: “Some of the highlights of the segment include the story of their first ever NBA game coaching against each other in November of 2003, when Jeff was at the helm with the Houston Rockets while Stan was the head coach in Miami. After Jeff’s team “crushed” the Heat, sending Miami to a 0-7 record, he went on to give his older brother, Stan, a philosophical pep talk–something along the lines of finding satisfaction in loses and taking pleasure in improvement–to which Stan warmly responded with an ‘F you.’ ”
  • Another look back at the Magic’s loss against the Celtics.
  • Howard is a darkhorse MVP candidate.
  • Orlando is playing well despite last night’s clunker and Howard’s future in doubt.
  • The Magic get an F for yesterday’s performance.
  • Jason Richardson did something strange against the Celtics.
  • Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated isn’t high on Orlando right now.

Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.

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